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Fine scratches in matt finish

gotwood25gotwood25 Posts: 312
edited January 2014 in Workshop
Is there anything that can be done to polish out fine scratches in a matt finish without turning it gloss?


  • No, not that I'm aware of. That's the problem with matt finishes... they look great when new, but can't be waxed, buffed, polished, etc. There are some extremely expensive automotive finishes for matte paint available online, but I'm not sure if any of them can fix scratches.

    I just bought a new Trek that has a matte finish and I sure hope it lasts!
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 15,959
    +1. This is why you don't buy matt black finished bikes. Of course, I have a matt black Scott CR1 frame sitting in the spare room waiting to be built up. But before that happens, I intend to get the frame lacquered to a gloss finish. The cost will be worth the saving of my sanity…..
    Faster than a tent.......
  • turnerjohnturnerjohn Posts: 1,249
    heaven knows why ppls get their cars done in looks good for 20seconds before looking trash !
  • sigorman85sigorman85 Posts: 2,536
    Rolf F .....
    Interested in the lacquer as I have a focus culebro in Matt grey and green wouldn't mind getting it done

    Can I just strip it down and take it to a spray shop or is there a bit more to it ie the prep?
    When i die I just hope the wife doesn't sell my stuff for what I told her I paid for it other wise someone will be getting a mega deal!!!

    De rosa superking 888 di2
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 15,959
    I'm going to ask a local frame builder who is apparently a bit nifty with the paint jobs. Hopefully, it will be straightforward but I could see that there maybe an issue in getting the lacquer to adhere to the factory finish durably enough. I guess carbon frame paint specialists should be safe enough but I can't be bothered with packing and posting the frame!

    I've had the frame sat around most of the year but I now have more reason to build it up as I almost have a whole bike now in spare parts!
    Faster than a tent.......
  • Had a whole load of problems with scratches on a Matt Black/Blue Trek Madone 4.5 2011 but have had no such issues with my Cento Uno SR. Think this could be something to do with the Zinc oxide nanoparticles incorporated into the resin to fill micro-gaps in the layups but who knows ?
    Wilier Cento Uno SR 2013
    Trek Emonda SLR 2018
  • DKayDKay Posts: 1,652
    I use an automotic wax (Collinite 476S) on my matt Cayo Evo and it gives awesome protection against road grime. It doesn't contain any abrasives, so it's also not going to 'glossify' the matt finish. Not much you can do about scratches though.
  • beetle1beetle1 Posts: 179
    Rolf F, I would definitely give Neil a ring from Atlantic Boulevard, he will give you all the advice you need and always does a great job, mention Michael from Potto he's done lots of jobs for me
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